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Should You Repair or Replace Your Windows?

should I replace my windowsShould I repair or replace my windows? Over the past 11 years, I have been asked this exact question more times than I can remember. If the windows in your home are damaged or leaking air, you too may be wondering whether you should repair or just replace them. While window repair may seem like a less costly affair, there are actually many great reasons why window replacement is often the better choice. Here are 5 things to consider before you repair your existing windows.

Energy Savings 

  • If the windows in your home are drafty and inefficient, no amount of repair will improve their energy efficiency. Hanging plastic over your old windows in the winter will simply attract your local replacement windows canvasser to your front door. Today’s triple pane, argon gas-filled replacement windows will help lower your utility bills and keep your money where it belongs…in your wallet! The U.S. Department of Energy agrees that quality replacement windows can help lower your utility bills by as much as 30%!

Increase Your Home Comfort

  • Let’s face it, your living room isn’t cold because you don’t have a fireplace! The walls in your living room have at least R13 insulation in them. This mean that it takes 13 minutes for 1 degree of temperature to pass thru them. The old windows in your home my in fact be double pane but this doesn’t mean they are efficient. While these old double pane windows may be better than the single pane window we grew up with, they are a far cry from the energy-efficient window available today. If the rooms in your home are cold in the winter and hot in the summer, new windows may just be what the doctor ordered.

Add Value to Your Home 

  • While remodeling your kitchen or bathroom may be more glamorous, replacing the windows in your home will add more value. Every year Remodeling Magazine takes a look at the top 26 most popular home improvement projects, what they cost and how much you can expect to recover if you sold your home after the project is done. A major kitchen remodel will net you a 53% return on investment while a bathroom remodel will only produce a 43% return on investment. Replacement windows, while not a cheap adventure, will net you a whopping 67% return on investment making it a great way to increase the value of your home!

Improve Your Home’s Health

  • If the windows in your home were installed prior to 1978, they may have been painted with toxic lead-based paint. Up until 1978 lead-base paint was widely used as the paint of choice when it came to painting windows and doors. In 1978, the United States federal government banned the consumer use of lead-based paint. Lead-based paint has been shown to cause neurological impairment in young children. Because lead creates such a significant health risk for children, pregnant women and the elderly, replacing your old and potentially hazardous windows is the obvious choice.

Make Your Home Look Better

  • Do you like the way your current windows look? There’s no reason to repair windows that you never liked in the first place. New windows can increase your home’s curb appeal while making it more enjoyable place to live. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder! If you don’t like the way your windows look, chances are other people don’t either. Unless you live in a condo, purchasing new windows for your home will give you an opportunity to change their color, style and design to fit what you like. So go ahead and make your house a home and purchasing the windows of your dreams!

Replacing your old inefficient windows is a lot like repairing an old record player. Unless you want to be nostalgic, the benefits of new windows far out ways the cost of repairing them.

 This article has been written by the publishing staff at Pure Energy Window Company. We are Family Owned and Operated replacement window company servicing all of Southeastern Michigan and Lansing. If you are considering replacing the windows in your home, give Pure Energy a call today. Call (844) 449-9990 or click on the link below to get started!

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